I haven't had problems with my Strands, no. Thanks for the advice though; I'm gonna keep 'em.
Interestingly, one of the discrepancies that I have caught is between the Rapid City and the Cognac McTavish. Both shoes are made from Horween Cognac Dublin Leather. However, they say to use Conditioner/Cleaner and Walnut Polish on the Rapid City, whereas they say to use Saddle Soap on the McTavish. The care should be the same for these two shoes I would think. Just curious about what happened with yours.
I used saddle soap on my Elgins back when I bought it and it took out the toe burnishing. At the time the AE website had just added saddle soap and it said it should be used on the Rough Collection, so I tried it. I guess that was a mistake. Fortunately the shoe looked fine to me without the toe burnishing, so it didn't bother me. But it sounds like I should just toss that can of saddle soap.
Strangely, the Shoe Care Reference PDF says to use Conditioner/Cleaner (CC) and Saddle Soap (SS) on the "Wax Infused" McTavishes, CC and Premium Polish (PP) on the "Distressed" one, and just CC (but no SS, PP, or Leather Lotion (LL)) on the Cognac McTavishes. Interestingly, the "Saddle Waxy" leather of the Elgins call for CC and LL.
My guess is that SS is only good for the "Wax Infused" leathers, but you would think it would work for "Saddle Waxy" leathers, too. Hell, it has "Saddle" and "Wax" in the name! It seems that CC is okay for just about anything. Do we think the same is true for LL?